Facts about Clipper Butterfly, Clipper Butterfly is the Parthenos type of nymphalid butterfly that comes from the Nymphalidae family. The Clipper Butterfly are largely found in the southern parts and the southeastern parts of Asia, generally in forested regions. Clipper Butterfly are insects. The Clipper Butterfly is a swift flying butterfly and has a practice of flying with its wings fluttering laboriously between the horizontal position and some degrees lower the horizontal. The Clipper Butterfly is capable of gliding between spurts of fluttering. They can also be seen in Western Ghats, Assam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Malaya, New Guinea and Philippines.
The Clipper butterfly variety comes in two colors, such as blue and brown. The blue color Clipper butterflies hail from Malaysia, and it has an elaborate pale blue outline on brown, with waspish or yellowish body lines. The brown color Clippers are native to the Philippines. These quick-flying butterflies prefer to rest with their opened wings and bask in the sunlight. Clipper butterflies also come in a yellow-brown color form. The Clipper Butterfly are native to Asia-Pacific, and there are about 30 sub varieties. They are mostly blue in color in Malaysia, blue-green in color in the sub-continent of India, brown color in Indonesia and Philippines and yellow color in the northern parts of Australia.
The upperside of the male and female Clipper butterflies is bright purple in color, with white color spots close to the top of the cell in their fore wing, which are more opaque. The broad discal band of the Clipper Butterfly has big white color spots impartially more basal further from their termen and they are extremely irregular. The spots towards the back part of the wing are extensively separated, and the spot in the fifth interspace is smaller and triangular in shape. There are two spots shifted diagonally inwards in the direction of the costa, make the external margin of the discal band angulated at the fifth and sixth interspaces. The back wing of the Clipper Butterfly has the post-discal and sub-terminal spots that are wider and more diffused, offering a dark shade to the entire apical half of the wing.
The underside of the Clipper butterfly is light greenish grey in color. Their front wing has spots and markings, and there are no basal black lines as on their upperside. The ground color fades to an ashy grey color towards the terminal border. The back wing of the Clipper Butterfly has the discal oblique sinuous black color line, which is very broken and curtailed, and the post-discal, terminal and sub-terminal black color markings are fairly denned. The Clipper Butterfly have a black color Antennae, with a bronze green color thorax, head and stomach, barred with black above and their under part is white in color.
The Clipper butterfly mostly feeds on the nectar of the flowers of Adenia plant and the caterpillars feed on the young leaves of the plant.
The larva of the Clipper butterfly is cylindrical in shape and their head and the anal part with have simple spines, and have 3 to 12 segments, with reddish brown colored longer split spines. The larva is found with pale green color, with yellowish-white color lateral lines, one on both sides of their body. The pupa has a boat-shaped brown-colored body.
Clipper Butterfly can see yellow, green, and red. An adult butterfly average life span is from a week to a year
The top flight speed of a Clipper Butterfly is 12 miles per hour (19 Km/ph) and some moths can fly up to 25 miles per hour (40 Km/ph).
A Butterfly is cold-blooded, which means the body temperature is not regulated on its own. A Clipper Butterfly can't fly or eat if their body temperature is below 82 degrees fah (28 cel). Clipper Butterfly are often basking in the sun with their wings open to gain heat and than the veins in the wings carry the heat to the body.
A Clipper Butterfly has sense organ, on their feet or tarsi, for tasting
A Clipper Butterflyis a herbivore; Meaning that as a caterpillar its first food is its own eggshell and than it will eat the leaves of the plant on which it is hatched. When it becomes a butterfly, it will feed mostly on nectar from flowers, rotting fruit and water with a "proboscis" - a long narrow tube in their mouth that looks like a straw.
Life cycle of a butterfly comes in four stages, egg, larva "caterpillars", pupa "chrysalis" and adult Butterfly.
A Clipper Butterfly will attach its eggs to leaves with a special glue.
When caterpillars become fully grown they will attach to an appropriate leaf or small branch, than they will shed the outside layer of their skin and a hard skin underneath known as a "chrysalis" will be their new look
An adult Clipper Butterfly will come out from the "chrysalis" than it waits a few hours for its wings to dry and fill with blood, before it takes its first flight.
The estimate is between 15000 and 20000 different species of butterfly.
A Clipper Butterfly has a small body, made up of three parts – the head, abdomen and thorax. A Butterfly has two large eyes, which are made up of many small parts which are called "compound eyes".
A Clipper Butterfly has two antenna's on the top of their heads, which they use to smell, hear and feel. A Clipper Butterfly mouth is a long tube a "proboscis" - a long narrow tube in their mouth that looks like a straw when its done eating, it rolls the tube back up.
A Clipper Butterfly has three pairs of legs and their feet have little claws that help them stand on flowers. The Clipper Butterfly wings are made up of hard tubes that are covered with a thin tissue. The butterfly's wings are covered with fine dusty like scales. A Clipper Butterfly has four brightly colored wings having distinctive patterns made up of tiny scales. The bright patterns scales sometimes have hidden ultraviolet patterns for attracting mates. The bright colors are also used as camouflage to hide them or scare off predictors.